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House Passes Fiscal Cliff Deal





The House has just passed the Senate version of the fiscal cliff deal.

Among those who voted yes: Speaker Boehner and Paul Ryan.  YAHOO reports:

Despite a divided Republican majority, the House of Representatives late Tuesday easily approved emergency bipartisan legislation sparing all but a sliver of America’s richest from sharp income tax hikes — while setting up another “fiscal cliff” confrontation in a matter of weeks.

Lawmakers voted 257-167 to send the compromise to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Eighty-five Republicans and 172 Democrats backed the bill, which had sailed through the Senate by a lopsided 89-8 margin shortly after 2 a.m. Opposition comprised 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner voted in favor of the deal, as did House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, his party’s failed vice presidential candidate. But Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy voted against it.

I’m happy to see Cantor stuck by his principles .  The stage is now set for the direction of the GOP.  One side will be on the offensive from now until the 2014 midterms while the other makes excuses for selling out the ones who voted them into office.



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  • Palinpower

    In short, they Caved.

  • TENCOLE

    Boehner needs to go. What happened tonight is a disgrace and replacing him with Cantor will just be the same old.
    Damn shame that West lost his re-election…..Damn shame!

    • $7566967

       He didn’t lose. The election was stolen.  He proved that much, but the GOP refused to help him.

      • TENCOLE

         Thank-you Tom…..You’re sooo right and I stand corrected.

    • Budvarakbar

      I read on Flopping Aces that Cantor waited until the bill had enuff votes to pass (218 – I believe) BEFORE he cast his vote — apparently just another phony RINO SOB

  • $7566967

    Time to register as an independent.  Never thought I’d ever say that. I wonder what Sarah thinks about this mess.

    • stevethird

       Exactly!!!!

    • palmerguy

      Waiting to register in the new Freedom party, hopefully to happen soon.

  • 01_Explorer_01

    THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine
    patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he
    that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
    Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with
    us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain
    too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its
    value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be
    strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

    -Thomas Paine-

  • SuperRoadrunner

    The elephant is dead! The jackass has won. The Republicans rolled over on taxes. Next they will roll over on the budget. After that there will be a repeat performance on immigration. And don’t bet on any successes on gun control.

    No guts, no glory…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Suki-Pero/100001668382968 Suki Pero

      Budget?  We don’t need no stinkin budget.  :-)

  • RomanBarbarian

    Un-flipping-believable!

  • Gelston

    my GOPe congressman voted for it.

    Where’s my Tylenol? I have a headache

    • M_Minnesota

      With your authority Know it all ; take some Tylenol with Codine!!

      I know she  has "Some issues" for some but Bachmann voted no.   West is listed as no.  I guess his term ends in a few days huh?  :-i

    • stevethird

       My guy, Guinta, asked his constituents on fb what we thought, we said NO and he vorted that way. Trouble is he’s leavin’ this week cuz the stupid Massachusified voters of NH voted him out in favor of Pelosi robot Carol Shay-Porter. Disgusting.

  • IndieDogg

    Disgrace to be soon followed by Ignominy, come the debt ceiling "debate" (watch the toppled ramparts flop over into the mud) — which will amount to President Delusion telling the Republicans what he wants and the Republicans refusing to compromise their principles. Until they do. A few press conferences later. Gnashing of teeth having become the only true skill of the Capitol Hill Republican leadership.

    Barack Obama is playing with house money. Why? Because he honestly doesn’t care what happens to the American economy. He’s one of the dumbest supposedly brilliant people this nation has ever had touch its helm and the icebergs are dead ahead. The man is drunk with power and unbridled by knowledge, sailing his toy ship full speed ahead.

    Which would be just jolly fun, if we weren’t all on board with him. Tied up and gagged below decks. 

    • dmac8889

      Indiedogg,   Well Said!

    • lanahi

      I doubt it Obama is dumb, but it doesn’t matter.  Someone other than him is making all the decisions, he’s just a figurehead.  He lets Reid et al do the negotiating anyway.  All Obama has to do is vacation and play golf.

  • Quiet_Righty

    Another fiscal showdown in weeks? We’re in a permanent state of fiscal crisis. There’s no escape. There’s no leadership and no hope. Not with this crew anyway.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Same old, same old.  Plenty of pork for the well-connected.  K St. wrote that bill, just as it wrote the Obamacare boondoggle:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cliff-bill-is-a-bitter-pill-for-houses-tea-party-adherents-to-swallow/2013/01/01/5345286e-544d-11e2-8e84-e933f677fe68_story.html

    Once again, they passed a bill they did not even read, or write.

    • dmac8889

      Could someone explain to me why it is so important that someone have an Ivy League resume to do that job?  For that matter, why is this a job at all.  No wonder they’re so afraid to stick to principals to cast a vote.  They might lose their key to their jacuzzi.  America, PLEASE wake tf UP!!!  

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Heard on Rush’s show this afternoon that the Congressmen were given a copy of the bill about 3 minutes before they voted to pass it.  Only an elitist from an Ivy League school could read a 154 page bill and comprehend what they were voting for, all in less than 3 minutes.  An ordinary dummy, as I am, would take several hours just to read it, and I am so stupid I would probably have some questions that I would want answered.

        Those Ivy Leaguers have no such difficulties.

        • lanahi

          They just vote for the bill if they were told to vote for it.  It doesn’t matter what it says.

  • LLDub

    Well, it’s done.   I’m not interested in who did what at this point….I like to keep my blood pressure low.   My interest is relative to this article, posted on an earlier thread:  http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/01/senate-passes-fiscal-cliff-deal-house-vote-next/ .      It appears that the Extortter in Chief can no longer threaten the middle class with tax rate increase; it’s off the board. 

    That being the case, it seems to me that re debt limit increases and general spending mayhem that the Comrade in Chief has in store for us gives the republicans a chance to finally unite and stand up to him without the fear of anymore tax impact on  the middle class.    While this doesn’t give us the opportunity to correct a lot of things we’d like to, even some of those in this latest bill, finally being able to say "no" without fear of tax retribution could be a very useful tool…..if we’d now see a little backbone with tax rates off the table.    We’ll see.

    Watching his speech from last night, I noticed that he might be thinking about the same problem, as he kept talking about "more work to be done" and "fairness" and all the other claptrap the Spender in Chief is famous for.   I got the idea that he was setting the stage for some line of attack if in fact, republicans finally try to shut him down.  Let’s hope so.

  • $7566967

    Apparently, there will be another "fiscal cliff/ debt ceiling" crisis in two months. So, this is what Obama’s America will look like for the next four years. Every two or three months, there will be a phony fiscal crisis designed to scare and intimidate the RINOs into supporting higher taxes and more spending.  And the idiot GOP will play right along with it.

    Mark Levin is right.  The modern incarnation of the Three Stooges consists of Boehner, Cantor, and McCarthy – only they’re less funny and even less intelligent.

  • n4cerinc

    Here is an excellent observation about the state of the Republican Party today:

     @LarrySabato: House GOP #fiscalcliff vote tally; Big regional split. 88% of South Rs voted no, 86% of NE Rs voted yes.

    • dmac8889

      Living in the Northeast, will you Southerners find in your hearts to take me in.  I promise to support myself, and abolish all the Marxist BS that has been fed to me over the years.

  • SteveBayrd

    Steve,
    In an age of political deceit and nonexistent principles, unlike Gov. Palin’s fine RECORD, I always take into account this sad reality: Politicians of all stripes make DEALS with their leadership to APPEAR to be good representatives or senators by voting ‘no’ so that they may appease an angry base in their districts. This deal is allowed because the leadership knows they have the overall votes to pass the crappy legislation. Thus, the votes APPEAR to be good but the MOTIVES are nefarious. There are a few in Congress that I can name that I feel would never do this. Allen West and Louie Gohmert come to mind. Jim DeMint and Tim Scott come to mind. But I don’t trust the votes of many others, ESPECIALLY not Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy who have the blood of purged Conservatives on their hands. Most politicians now are corrupt money grabbers, as Gov. Palin and Peter Schweizer have pointed out, and vote for THEMSELVES.

    • Steve_Flesher

      Great points.  Thanks, Steve.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7HCPR7JLQP6R33GXP5DO5XKDM 1776er

    My guy Jim Moran (D) Virginia— a maniacal socialist as long as it is convenient if there ever was one–a socialist stock broker/federal budget analyst Pay for Play corrupt 10 term boil on the body politic who blew three wives’ life savings on bad stock trades all the while profiting on inside information from his Congressional Committee assignments—voted NO!

    What a hypocritical self-server.  Voted NO.  I guess that solidifies him with the Michael Moore crowd who felt the bill didn’t raise taxes enough.  

  • isabel matos

    GOP Voters:  Wake UP!! Your Party Leadership is Against You! Please share this, my mission statement for 2013.. It is a bit long, but please share it with GOP voters who are not aware of what is going on.  Sacrifice is needed to Make America Work Again!

    Thanks. Have a great day.
     
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/message-to-gop-voters-2/

  • isabel matos

    Cantor is a phony.  I don’t trust him.

  • Patriot41

    I was not surprised by the outcome of the so called budget deal.  As I previously stated, political expediency would be the final results.  Not only did the GOP lose all creditability on the tax issue, but they will now be put in position, for their next defeat with the national debt ceiling spending issue.  In the mean time, the Obama administration and the national media, will continue to demonize the GOP as being the problem for the nation’s financial crises.

    I was surprised to see Cantor and McCarthy turn their backs on the Speaker on this budget deal.  Still that makes sense, when there is talk about taking the gavel away from Boehner, after all, they are next in line to succeed.  Looks like the establishment leadership in the GOP, is starting to show some weak links and that is a good sign.

    Also noted, that immediately after signing the budget deal, Obama announced he was not going to bend when lifting the cap on the national debt.  It took him merely minutes to fire the next shot of the ongoing battle and there are indications he will even use an Executive Order to do away with the financial cap. Herein, is a lesson for all legislators who condone such radical and outrageous acts by the president.  Until they stand up for their Constitution and enforce it, Obama will run roughshod over them.

    • isabel matos

      Amen TO ALLThe GOP has been doing for years and I am not surprised like you.
       
      Speaking of bending.. Boehner is obama’s favorite idiot.  Obama says jump and Boehner says how high.  Hope he does jump off board altogether so we can replace him with a sound fiscal Conservative.

      • lanahi

        Boehner too is told by someone else what to do.  So wonder who is making all the decisions?

    • friskyness

       What’s the difference for the GOP if they fight or not…….they will be blamed either way…so they should fight………………………..

  • dmac8889

    In the end, the Democrats lost very big here.  For four years Obama has played the silly game for those that don’t pay attention to the real world, that taxing the 2% would bring in the revenue necessary to pay for his spending.  Today, with more Americans actually taking the time out to listen, not just the POLITICS the LEFT media plays,  they now know the Tax Hike on the top 2% was completely meaningless.

    The American public now understands that we must have Spending Cuts.  As Democrat Congressman Moran (NJ) stated:  "What now, all we have to fight for is Spending Cuts?  We will look back at this as a very bad day."  And for Democrats it is.  From this point forward the chance of eliminating the Bush Tax Cuts on the 98% is all but lost, because if they do the Democrats take the complete hit on it, other than allowing the "Fiscal Cliff" to fall with Republicans taking much of the blame.   The Democrats know they lost their best hope to keep growing the size of the Federal Gov’t and that is what this latest battle was all about. The Democrats blinked and lost.

    The TEA Part Conservatives should be proud of themselves for bringing the Democrats to the edge and causing them to come to an agreement they didn’t want.  They wanted the "Fiscal Cliff" to go over, but were afraid of the consequences (which they should have been).  The TEA Party did leave the richest among us on the battlefield, but we are fighting for respect at this time in our growth, and one step back opens the future to get more out of Obama and the Dems. As for Boehner he can no longer deny our power.

    For those Rhinos in the Senate, targets are being drawn for 2014.  Many of you will follow Sen. Luger .  So in my eyes Congratulations to the TEA Party Congress for standing strong.  We took serious body blows, but it is US that moved the ground on the political battlefield.

    • lanahi

      I doubt that the Democrats lost anything.  The only ones who ever lose is us.

  • lanahi

     http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/boehner-responds-reid-go-f-yourself_693476.html

    Some backbone:  Boehner told Reid to go "f…" himself.  But he caves anyway.

    There’s a poll on Drudge about Boehner:
    http://www.drudgereport.com/
    Nearly 85% say Boehner should go.  Not that it makes any difference what we think.

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